Many of you may remember my post back in June when Walmart kicked off their Mom of the Year Award. The Mom of the Year Award was launched to help celebrate and recognize the huge contribution moms make as role models and integral members of the family and community. This award was a huge success in recognizing many amazing woman across Canada. In total, 16,909 moms were nominated. Out of those 16,909 moms, 8 finalists were selected.
Katie Schulz’s story pulled on my heart strings…
“Katie Schulz is dedicated to making her daughter’s life a long and happy one. In 2009 Katie gave birth to Sophia, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians. Katie has since dedicated herself to both her daughter’s care and to the fight against CF. Katie provides Sophia with 2 hours of daily chest physiotherapy to clear the thick mucus in her lungs. She teaches Sophia to take over 20 pills a day to digest her food. Katie has become a champion for raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and was elected President for the Kitchener-Waterloo chapter. Her tireless efforts have helped to make the Great Strides fundraising walk in KW one of the most successful in Canada. Her team has raised over $95k and was ranked 3rd for most money raised in 2012. Katie has written a children’s book about Sophia and CF, which is now available at libraries across Ontario. Katie is an inspiration and a true role model.”
If you were to ask me to pinpoint why exactly this story hit home… I wouldn’t be able to give you an exact reason. As a Mom with a daughter who was also born in 2009, this story just hits close to home. This could have been me in Katie’s position with my little girl. I just can’t even begin to imagine. Katie is such a strong, selfless and dedicated mother to little Sophia. I admire her love for her family, and her drive and passion to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis. As an award finalist, Katie has donated $10,000 to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
At the end of September, a gala will be held to announce the Mom of the Year! The award winning recipient will receive $100,000 for her charity. Wowee! Could you imagine?!
If you haven’t already had the opportunity, pop on over to the Mom of the Year Award website and learn more about the fabulous finalists. They are all beautiful and inspiring woman. Be sure to have the tissues, as their stories are sure to make you misty-eyed.
I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for this campaign!! Join the Walmart Canada facebook page to stay up-to-date with Mom of the Year!
Disclosure: I’m part of the Walmart program by Mom Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own. Mom of the Year Award: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Internet access and valid email account required. Nominations open May 10, 2012 to July 8, 2012 for legal residents of Canada over the age of majority. Entrants cannot nominate themselves. One (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $100,000 donation by Wal-mart Canada Corp. to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Seven (7) runner-up prizes available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $10,000 donation to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Charity/cause subject to verification and final approval by Wal-mart Canada Corp., at its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on how the judging panel evaluates each entry according to the criteria. For Official Contest Rules and to nominate an entrant, visit [http://www.momoftheyear.ca].